Published On: Wed, Mar 5th, 2014 on 12:17 pm

83-year-old Norman awarded for his determination to keep fit

Norman Payne B Active

(l-r) Facilities manager John Coulton and Norman Payne

A former serviceman, aged 83 years old, has received a b active award for his commitment to keep fit whilst overcoming barriers.

Keep-fit fanatic Norman Payne from Ravenscliffe, Bradford, discovered his love of keeping fit whilst he was in the Army that he joined at the age of 17.

He spent 28 years serving his country, and suffered from a stroke 14 years ago.

But he overcame the challenges and is now at the gym everyday doing one and a half hour workouts on bikes, rowers and treadmills as well as using weights.

Mr Payne said: “When you’re in the Army you’ve got fitness training every day. Once you’re a fitness freak there’s no going back. I was wheelchair bound for some time after my stroke but I thought to myself, I’m not having this.”

After his ordeal, he gave up smoking and drinking just to commit to keeping healthy, and now spends most of his time, besides keeping fit, caring for his beloved wife who suffers from dementia.

His gym instructor at Eccleshill Pool, Hayley Eyre, has played an important role in keeping Mr Payne motivated, and he is very grateful for her support.

Mr Payne said: “Without a doubt, coming back to the gym was the best thing I ever did. The exercise I get here has helped me regain a bit of mobility and strength back in my stroke affected arm.”

Cllr Andrew Thornton, Bradford Council’s executive member for the Environment, said: “Since 2004, Bradford Council has made b active awards to inspirational people who have encouraged others to lead healthier lives through their own achievements or by overcoming obstacles in their lives.

“We would encourage all residents to be more physically active.”

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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